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Wollongong Hospital is home to both the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre and Oncology/Haematology Inpatient Ward. Our teams provide treatment and support services to patients residing in the Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama regions.
Every year our Illawarra and Shoalhaven teams collectively treat over 65,000 patients.

We are proud to report in 2020/2021 with Dry July funding we;
- Introduced 14 brand new chemotherapy chairs to our Oncology Day Care Unit on Level 1 at the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre ($98K)
- Freshened up walls and stairwell with new paint and installed five large botanical artworks by an Australian designer in the Radiation Therapy treatment space on Level 2 of the Centre ($10K)
- Collaborated with the local Aboriginal community of Coomaditchie who created a welcome themed artwork for our foyer entrance at Level 0 of the Centre. We also introduced new comfortable seating, artificial plants and a patient bookstore under our ‘reinvigorate our space’ project. ($6K)

In EXCITING NEWS, in May 2021, we are launching the refresh of our main reception on Level 2. We take our patient feedback seriously. We have decluttered, changed the layout to take advantage of our view, replaced uncomfortable chairs, painted and improved lighting and much much more. This has been our largest Dry July project to date and we can’t wait for our patients to see and use their new space!

In 2021 we continue to explore suggestions from patients on what they feel would improve their experience. Please support us so we can bring their ideas to life! Thank you

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Thanks to our funding, Wollongong Hospital has been able to create bright, welcoming waiting areas

Our patients told us that that our clinical and cold feeling waiting areas only encouraged feelings of anxiety and fear about their cancer treatment. They suggested a warmer environment with softer décor and visual improvements.

We collaborated with the local Aboriginal community of Coomaditchie asking them to create a bright welcoming artwork for our patients and visitors. They created a unique piece for us with significant meaning.

The flame tree in the centre represents the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre. The petals around it in orange are all the people and the black lines leading to it are the roads people travel on to get here. The coloured circles represent the different colours of cancer. The butterflies and dragonflies represent eternal life. The green on the top background is the escarpment.

Now installed it is a great focal point on entry and we have received very positive feedback about how the artwork brightens the space.

We also knew our patients enjoyed a distraction when seated in the centre. We wanted to create the opportunity for patients to take a book from the book store, at no cost, and enjoy it.

Dry July fundraising helps llIawarra Cancer Care Centre to purchase 10 new chemotherapy chairs

With the help of Wollongong Hospital's Dry July supporters, $50,728 was raised!

These funds will purchase five new chemotherapy chairs for llIawarra Cancer Care Centre and they have also received grant funding for a further five chairs!  Illawarra Cancer Care Centre will also continue our ongoing Dry July funded programs and initiatives.

Dry July Foundation funds Survivorship and Mindfulness Program at Wollongong Hospital

Dry July 2019 fundraising will enable Wollongong Hospital to run a Survivorship and Mindfulness Program at the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre.

After the success of the 2019 Life After Treatment Program, the Physco-Oncology team have identified an opportunity to introduce a Survivorship and Mindfulness program across a 12 month schedule.

The program aims to provide patients with support to address the physical, emotional and spiritual impact of cancer treatment both during and after treatment.

The program will be facilitated by our Psycho-Oncology team and held at community based locations across Wollongong with the intention of linking the program to nature i.e. locations close to the sea or nature thus bringing people together away from the hospital setting.

The program will allow for social networks to be developed amongst patients in a safe and non-clinical setting. 

The programme will be conducted by experienced health professionals offering a range of supportive activities and learning opportunities including:

• Dealing with difficult emotions including the fear of recurrence

• Guidance on goal setting and planning towards post traumatic growth

• Creating supportive relationships and social connections

• Managing stress, fatigue, cognitive symptoms and body image issues after treatment

• Mindfulness and relaxation techniques.

All of these enhance the patient experience in many ways. 

Wollongong Hospital benefits from Dry July 2019 fundraising

Thanks to the wonderful fundraising efforts of Dry July 2019 participants, Wollongong Hospital have been able to fund the following projects:

• “While You’re Here”: Reading Materials in Patient Waiting Areas, “Busy nipper packs” to entertain children, Calm Colouring packs and Spotify account for radiation treatment area

• “Wollongong Strong” Patient Portrait Series Art Exhibition of portraits of previous cancer patients and support staff

• Reinvigorate Our Space - Oncology Day Centre Waiting Area - Continuation of Refreshing our Patient Spaces Adding an extra space to the ongoing project.

Wollongong Hospital receives a grant from the Dry July Foundation

We're proud to announce that Wollongong Hospital has received a grant from the Dry July Foundation 2018 Grant Program.

The grant will go towards the following: 

• “Reinvigorate Our Space” project: refurbishing the Main Reception of the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre, to provide a safe and calm environment that welcomes patients and houses them comfortably during one of the most stressful periods of their lives

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